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fan-tan

fan-tan
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan tan]
    • /fæn tæn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan tan]
    • /fæn tæn/

Definitions of fan-tan word

  • noun fan-tan Also, fan tan. Also called parliament, sevens. Cards. a game in which the players play their sevens and other cards forming sequences in the same suits as their sevens, the winner being the player who first runs out of cards. 1
  • noun fan-tan a Chinese gambling game in which a pile of coins, counters, or objects is placed under a bowl and bets are made on what the remainder will be after they have been counted off in fours. 1
  • noun fan-tan a Chinese gambling game in which a random number of counters are placed under a bowl and wagers laid on how many will remain after they have been divided by four 0
  • noun fan-tan a card game played in sequence, the winner being the first to use up all his or her cards 0
  • noun fan-tan a Chinese gambling game in which the players bet on the number of beans, etc. that will be left from a pile after it has been counted off in fours 0
  • noun fan-tan a card game in which the players seek to discard all their cards in proper sequence 0

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Origin of fan-tan

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
First recorded in 1875-80, fan-tan is from the Chinese word fān tān literally, repeated divisions, or < cognate dial. forms

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Parts of speech for Fan-tan

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preposition
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fan-tan popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 47% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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